Published: June 21st 2010June 19th 2010
As an afterthought:
I have attempted to journal this mission to Haiti for you, sharing my thoughts, feelings, experiences as completely as I could. It is difficult to describe what at times was almost indescribable. I have seen poverty and misery on a scale that is almost unimaginable. I hope and pray I have been able to touch you as deeply as I have been touched by the destruction and plight of the Haitian people. In the best of times, life has always been hard and now, life after the quake has made things even more difficult. The people I met, even though hurting, were always warm and responsive to me, appreciative of any kind word or material gift. I was impressed that they are quietly struggling to put their lives back together, to provide shelter and food for their families. I have seen dignity and faith where you would least expect it to be.
I hope I have been humble as I have described my interactions and experiences. My intent has been not to focus on me or my service, but to focus on the Haitians and their plight. They have given as much to me as I have given to them. I feel privileged to have been used by God to touch lives with His love.
I have such admiration for the Salvation Army and their dedication and service to the people of Haiti. They have been there for 60 years already and will be there for generations to come, serving God and Haiti well. If this journal has touched your heart, please consider a donation to the Salvation Army, earmarked for Haiti. It will be used to strenthen and bless the people of Haiti.